Facelifted Mercedes-Benz C-Class lands next month with smaller mild-hybrid base engine and prices and equipment up
Australia’s favourite mid-size luxury car, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan, wagon, coupe and cabriolet range, arrives Down Under in its latest form next month.
And the (very) short version of the story for the entry-level sedan variant is that pricing and equipment is up, while engine capacity has been trimmed.
Five years into its life-cycle, the C-Class now kicks off from $63,400 — an increase of $1500 – for the base C 200 sedan, which is powered by a turbocharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine coupled with 48-volt mild-hybrid system as standard.
Dubbed EQ Boost, the new system augments the turbo-petrol four’s 135kW with an extra 10kW of electric assist under hard acceleration. In effect, the EV system plugs the power gap often experienced in small-capacity turbo engines.
Mercedes-Benz claims remarkable efficiency for the new mild-hybrid drivetrain. The C 200 sedan’s fuel economy is 6.4L/100km.
The new C-Class range also gets a makeover inside and out, its cockpit goes all electronic and the family’s electrical architecture is all-new.
In addition to the C 200, a 190kW C 300 four-cylinder petrol powertrain will be available later this year. The latest C 220d turbo-diesel engine now punches out 143kW/400Nm while the latest Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC models receive “a healthy power boost” to produce 287kW/520Nm (up 17kW).